If for any reason you need to uninstall WhatsApp, you’d better leave it for now, because you may not be able to log back in to your account because of a bug.
The warning has been issued by WABetaInfo, and it was immediately apparent that many of their supporters have been affected by this problem, which prevents them from logging in to our own account.
This is a major error, as it occurs with something as simple as uninstalling the app. If you’ve changed phones, for example, you may want to uninstall WhatsApp to install it on your new device; or you may simply not use it as you used to.
WhatsApp won’t let you log in
If you decide to uninstall the app, and then reinstall it or try to sign in to another device, you’ll find that the app won’t let you sign in.
In particular, you may get a message that “Whatsapp is temporarily unavailable. Try again in 5 minutes“. However, as much as we hope the condition doesn’t improve, we’ll be locked out of our own account.
A glance at the responses from the WABetaInfo tweet is enough to realize how many people have been affected in such a short time. And the worst thing is that it seems that we can’t do anything about it.
A failure in the servers
That’s because everything indicates that the bug is not in the app, but in the WhatsApp servers, which do not accept our login after uninstalling the app.
🚨 DO NOT UNINSTALL WHATSAPP: you won't be able to log in!
We're looking for a fix from @WhatsApp
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) June 19, 2020
This means that there’s nothing we can do to fix it, although some people have tried to restart the phone, clean up the data on WhatsApp, or uninstall it and reinstall it again, but none of these actions seem to work.
Therefore, the most likely option is a crash on the WhatsApp servers. The good news is that this should mean that it will be fixed soon, as it should not be necessary for WhatsApp to launch an update of the app.
This isn’t the only WhatsApp bug that was discovered today. Many users are also having trouble updating the status. Also, it may not be able to show if a contact is online. In both cases it displays an error message.
2020 is proving to be a difficult time for WhatsApp, along with all the other Facebook apps. In recent months, critical bugs and crashes have been discovered, affecting the normal functioning of the app just when there is the most demand for it due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.